Arche Year Orientation

Welcome to Arche Year! We’re excited to help you craft a great book and begin to influence the world.

Classes start Thursday, September 10, at 7pm ET.

Registration will be open through the end of the day on September 9. If you know someone who might benefit from the program, please invite them.

The information here is for reference only, and is subject to change. Last updated August 26, 2020.

How It Works

All of our classes will be held on Thursday evenings at 7pm Eastern Time. You can find a complete schedule of all classes here.

On the evening of each class, you’ll receive a Zoom link in your email inbox a few minutes before 7pm. Simply click the link and follow the prompts to sign in. Please sign in using your real name. Using Zoom is very easy, and works from nearly any device—computer, phone, or tablet.

Each Friday morning, we’ll send out a link to the previous evening’s recording. If for any reason you cannot make it to the live class (or if you’d like to rewatch it), you may watch the recording online at your leisure.

We encourage you to attend the live class. You’ll be able to ask questions and to interact with your fellow students, and you’ll get more out of the experience.

With that in mind, we have students enrolled from all over the world (17 countries over 6 continents). We understand that the live class may be in the middle of the night or during the workday in your region. While we encourage you to make change if possible, it’s OK if you can’t make it to the live class.

We are based in Zanesville, Ohio, USA. Sometimes inclement weather is a factor in the months of January-March. In the unlikely event that our staff can’t make it to the office, the class schedule may shift to accommodate the situation.

Workbook Available

We will use a series of three workbooks over the 9-month course. Get the first workbook here.

Workbook I: Novel Intensive will cover the first 4-weeks of the class, and includes worksheets, illustrations, and resources to plan and execute a novel manuscript.

Workbook II: Publishing Industry will provide resources and worksheets for understanding the publishing industry, and your role in it.

Workbook III: Growth Triangle will provide worksheets, information, and resources to help you develop your author brand and to begin attracting an audience to your work.

Workbook I is available now. The other two workbooks will be released closer to the time they are relevant to the course.

All workbooks are digital downloads, available for purchase on a pay-as-you-can donation basis. You may set your own price. If you are able, please consider donating more in honor of those who cannot.

Order the first workbook here.

Facebook Support Group

A Facebook support group is available to answer questions and receive community support. Find the “Kingdom Writers Guild” group here.

Brad Pauquette, the instructor, will do his best to answer all questions posted to this group. Other people may have the same question, by posting it the Facebook group, they can see the answer as well.

You are encouraged to participate in this group. Note that there are a few rules and guidelines specified on the page to ensure that it’s a productive, healthy space for everyone.

How to Prepare

Devoting enough time to your novel manuscript will be the biggest challenge for most students in this course.

If you can devote 10 hours per week to the course assignments, by this time next year you will have a complete novel manuscript and a growing author brand with online presence.

The best way to prepare is to 1) begin disciplining your schedule so that you have this time available, and 2) get used to spending time reading and writing.

It’s not just a challenge to make the time, it’s also challenging for some to remain productive in front of the computer for long periods of time. You can solve this through discipline and training. Begin writing now. Challenge yourself to sit down and write for 15 minutes, 30 minutes, an hour, etc. It doesn’t matter what you write, just get used to spending your time that way. 

What to Expect in the First Class

Brad has a casual teaching style. You’ll find that these lectures are conversational and encourage questions.

The class will last 90 to 120 minutes. We’ll take a short break somewhere in the middle.

You won’t be asked to participate in any way that you don’t want to. While you may ask questions, it’s not required, and there is no other interaction.

Brad uses lots of pop culture references, stories you likely know, like Star Wars and Indiana Jones, to illustrate the components of stories.

After each week, you’ll have tasks to complete on your own. These will be clearly explained during the class time.

School supplies

We strongly recommend using a computer to write your novel. Since this is an online course, you probably already have one.

You don’t need any special software or even a very good computer. Through the course, there will be recommendations on software that might be helpful for you, but you won’t need any of it.

If you do not have a reliable computer, even a Chromebook (often less than $100) will get the job done.

Aside from a working computer to type your manuscript and access the classes, there is nothing else that you need.

We do recommend purchasing the Workbook (click here). This will make things a lot easier for you and will reinforce the class material.

Questions?

Please email us at info@SOKW.org. We’d love to hear from you and we’re happy to help.

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